University of Vermont

Publication Guidelines

The Vermont Connection publishes articles dealing with student development, professional development, administrative concerns, and creative programs to improve student services. Manuscripts should focus on: original research; replication of research; reviews of research/literature; essays on theoretical, organizational or professional issues; reviews of current literature relevant to the field; or practical reports of experiences from the field.

Style Guidelines

Manuscripts must be clear, concise, and interesting with a well-organized development of ideas. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (2009) should be followed for reference style and general guidelines.

  • Double space all material, including references, quotations, tables and figures. Leave extra space above and below sub-headings and use margins of one inch all around each page.
  • Because manuscripts are processed through an anonymous review system, they should contain no clues to the author's identity or institutional affiliation (with the exception of a separate title page as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition). Where appropriate, institutional identification will be inserted after acceptance of the manuscript.
  • Research manuscripts should total no more than twelve (12) double-spaced, typewritten pages (approximately 2,500 words) including references, figures, and tables. Shorter articles are accepted and encouraged.
  • Original research (literary, qualitative, or quantitative) is encouraged. All such work should be applicable to the student affairs profession.
  • Field reports should not exceed three (3) pages (approximately 600 words in length). They should briefly report on or describe new practices, programs, or techniques. Authors should supply additional background information for interested parties who may request it.
  • Dialogues/Interviews should follow the manuscript guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. They should take the form of verbatim exchange, oral, or written, between two or more people.
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references, quotations, tables, and figures. Authors should make every effort to ensure that such items are complete and correct.

Submission Instructions

  • Form and content of manuscripts should comply with the above style guidelines and the general guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines cannot be considered.
  • Never submit manuscripts that have been previously published or are currently under consideration for publication.
  • It is imperative for authors to adhere to all dates outlined in the Call for Articles. See calendar of events.
  • Material should be submitted electronically only.

The Vermont Connection Executive Board will be responsible for all publication and editorial decisions.

Last modified April 27 2010 12:04 AM

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